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Want healthy employees? Offer a flexible workplace

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The advantages of a healthier work force are many—fewer sick days, higher productivity and less-painful health insurance costs. But how can employers encourage a healthier lifestyle without nagging? One surprising way: allow flexible scheduling, such as job sharing, telecommuting and compressed workweeks.

Research published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that employees who felt they worked in a flexible workplace were more likely to adopt lifestyle changes that led to better overall health.

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